A Family Adventure


Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

What I learned from three years commuting with an E-bike

Emilie Phillips
updated June 14, 2019

Three years ago I started commuting into Cambridge on a brand new e-bike. Before this, I had never commuted by bike. I had bicycled recreationally a few times a year and I was in good shape, so I thought I was ready. Bike Commute Bike commuting in a city is quite different from easy rides […]

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Gray Spring Hike on North Pack

April 27, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated June 5, 2019

After our final ski trip to Gulf of Slides, we pushed off hiking for a few weeks because it kept raining. At the end of April, we found a Sunday that was gray and windy, but only a 10% chance of rain. A friend of ours, Diane, is giving hiking a second chance. We invited […]

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Local Ice Cream Exploration

May 4, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated May 30, 2019

We bicycled to the new soft serve ice cream bar, Sundae Drive, near the Milford town line and the high point on Rt 13. Our weekend was already full preparing for our Utah vacation, so we only had time for a short bike ride. Issac’s goal for the year is to bicycle as far as […]

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Night Flight

May 18, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated May 22, 2019

I last flew at night in 2012. I was just out of flight training. We aren’t planning to fly at night during our cross country vacation to Utah, but it seems prudent to refresh my skills. I picked Saturday, May 18, to practice because the full moon should illuminate the ground. I also picked Saturday […]

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Mount Morgan and Percival Spring Flowers and Caves

May 11, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated May 15, 2019

Saturday we hiked the Mt Morgan and Mt Percival loop. It had something for everyone: views for Tyson; rock scrambling, ladders, and caves for Isaac; and snow and wildflowers for me. Six miles total. We followed the route from the Terrifying 25, a list made by other hiking kids. We parked at the Mt Morgan […]

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Isaac and Grandparents Backpack

April 16, 2019
Trudy Phillips
updated May 15, 2019

Sunday night and Monday, it snowed about 2″ and the wind blew horizontally past the house. We were hoping that it would melt by Tuesday morning since the forecast was for a high in the 50s. No luck. We packed up on Tuesday morning, knowing that we were going out into below freezing weather. There […]

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Learning Bearhawk Takeoff Technique for High Altitude

May 4, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated May 9, 2019

We emulated a high altitude takeoff by only giving partial throttle and found the Bearhawk takes off best with 10 degrees of flaps and tail up. We tried tail up and tail down takeoffs, no flaps and 10 degrees of flaps. Tyson was pretty sure more flaps would be too much drag. Ten degrees of […]

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Big Tires at Intervale and Crow

April 21, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated May 1, 2019

We bought the big tires for landing in backcountry strips out west. But it’s not enough to have the right equipment, you also need to know how to fly it. I expect I’ll need to fly the Bearhawk every weekend between now and our vacation to get good enough. We also need to record how […]

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